Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life

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The Origin of Life is one of the great unsolved scientific problems of our age. The purpose of the Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life is to advance our understanding of the processes that led to the emergence of life. The collaboration aims to support creative, innovative research on topics including the astrophysical and planetary context of the origins of life, the development of prebiotic chemistry, the assembly of the first cells, the advent of Darwinian evolution, and the earliest signs of life on the young Earth.

The collaboration comprises Investigators and Fellows who are chosen through competitive RFAs.

Research by participants in the collaboration address one or more critical questions regarding origins. The collaboration is directed by Dimitar Sasselov and Jack Szostak. They co-chair a Steering Committee, which includes John GrotzingerRoger Summons, John Sutherland and Marian Carlson.

The Simons Foundation has made an initial commitment to this collaboration for eight years, with a possibility for continued support.

Contact for administrative matters: origins(replace this with the @ sign)
Contact for grant matters: lifegrants(replace this with the @ sign)